Rajput should have no issue in getting visa to tour Pakistan with Zimbabwe: sources

There should not be a problem to issue visa to Lalchand Rajput because Cricket Zimbabwe will officially submit a list of players and officials to authorities.

Lalchand Rajput

Former India Test batsman Lalchand Rajput, who is Zimbabwe's head coach, will have no problems in getting a visa to tour Pakistan along with the team next month, said a source in the Pakistan Cricket Board.

The source said that there should not be a problem because visas will be issued to the Zimbabwe Cricket squad and Cricket Zimbabwe will submit a list of players and officials to relevant authorities.

"There shouldn't be any problems in Rajput getting a visa," he said.

Won’t experiment much against Zimbabwe: Misbah

Pakistan will look to try out few combinations but won't experiment too much in the Zimbabwe series as it is part of the ICC's one-day Super league, the qualification process for the 2023 World Cup, said head coach and chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq.

"We are very excited to be playing our first ODI series after more than a year at home and we will try a combination of experienced and young players but we don't intend to experiment too much," Misbah said.

Since the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, India hasn't toured Pakistan. The two neighbours have also not played a full Test bilateral series since 2007 due to strained political and diplomatic relations.

Zimbabwe Cricket Union chairman Tavengwa Mukuhlani told the Geo Super channel Rajput was the side's coach and he was keen to see he went to Pakistan with the team for the series comprising three ODIs and as many T20Is.

He said they had already requested concerned authorities to facilitate Rajput's travel to Pakistan.

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The three ODIs will be played in Multan on October 30, November 1 and 3, followed by the T20 matches in Rawalpindi on November 7, 8 and 10.

The Zimbabwe squad will reach Pakistan on October 10 and will practice and train in a COVID-19 bio secure bubble.

Rajput, who was also in the run for the job of Indian team head coach last year, has been with Zimbabwe since 2018 but the board has also faced problems trying to fly him out of India to join the team's training camp in Harare because of the pandemic in India and travel restrictions in many countries.

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